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  • Learn the secret to perfect poached eggs.


    By Chef Meg Galvin, Healthy Cooking Expert at SparkPeople.com

    from "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight"

    Chef Meg demonstrates how to poach an egg for a healthy, hearty breakfast.

    Poaching an egg is an easy technique once you learn how to properly do it. Many people are fearful of breaking the egg or ending up with soggy, runny eggs, but I have a few tips to help you become a pro at poached eggs.

    This healthy cooking technique requires no added fat, and it is fast enough for even a busy morning. (Worried about the cholesterol in this "perfect protein" food? Check out this article to see why eggs are excellent any time of day.)

    U.S. F.D.A. Safe Handling Instructions: To prevent illness from bacteria: keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly.

    VIDEO: How to Poach an Egg.

    Some tips:

    • To keep eggs from getting too hard, the water should be about 180 degrees Fahrenheit--not
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  • The hardest part of a workout happens before the exercising begins -- and that's getting out of your door. Whenever or wherever you do your workouts, the important thing is to just do them.

    Here are a few tips to overcome the challenge of getting out the door for your workouts:

    1. 1. Get Support.

      Fellow exercisers can give you the push you need. You can join a running (or cycling or swimming or yoga) group or find just one workout buddy. The effect is the same: other people not only hold you accountable for your fitness goals but also provide pep talks and comradery when you just don't feel like moving. Being part of a group can even provide motivation on days when you choose a solo workout instead…'cause you know your group is working out with or without you! (Find sports organizations near you on Active.com.)

      2. Identify your "biological primetime" and work with it, not against it.

    2. Many people find that morning workouts are the b

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  • Karen Pearson/Fitness Magazine

    Karen Pearson/Fitness Magazine

    By the editors of FITNESS Magazine

    Six exercises to burn fat and tone your body in less time than it takes to sip a morning latte with this total-body workout from Sarah Slattery, a trainer at Equinox Fitness in New York City.

    Related: Lose 10 Pounds: The Firm and Burn Workout

    1. Windmill
    Targets: Abs

    • Stand tall with arms extended out to sides, abs engaged.
    • Bending from waist, reach right arm toward left toes; repeat on left.
    • Do 25 reps, alternating sides.

    2. Pulsing Lunge
    Targets: Butt and legs

    • Lunge forward with right leg; hold for 4 seconds, then pulse up and down 5 times.
    • Repeat on left.
    • Do 2 reps.

    Related: Look Hot from Behind: 5 Butt-Shaping Exercises


    3. Triceps Kickback

    Targets: Triceps

    • Hold dumbbell in right hand.
    • Bend at hips until almost parallel to floor.
    • Bring elbow to ribs, straighten forearm back, and return.
    • Do 15 reps on each arm.

    4. Plank/Push-Up
    Targets: Chest and core

    • Start in plank position (palms on floor, hand

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  • Shampoo less, we dare you.

    About 90% of Americans shampoo daily. One hundred years ago, people only washed their hair monthly, and in the 1950s, it was customary for women to have their hair washed and set once a week at the salon.

    Related: Eight Things Your Hair Says About Your Health

    A clean head of hair feels fresh and smells great but over-washing can turn one's healthy locks into a pile of straw. The average person's hair grows less than half an inch per month so long strands that have been subjected to a lot of shampooing (as well as chemical treatments, blow drying, and the elements), tend to get dried out and dull at the ends and even break off. Dirtier hair-gasp-also holds a style better.

    How often you need to shampoo depends on how oily your scalp is and your hair's texture. Oil-known as sebum-travels more easily down smooth, straight hair, making it look greasier faster. Sounds a little gross, but sebum helps moisturize and waterproof the hair shaft. This is one reason why curly or coarse h

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  • Source: Wake Up Early and Get Motivated to Move

    If your schedule is so jam-packed that it's tough for you to squeeze in a workout, it's best to get it done in the early morning. If setting your alarm early to exercise before heading to work seems cruel impossible, here are some tips to get you moving in the morning.

    1. Lay out your outfit and all the fitness gear you'll need the night before so when you wake up, you won't waste time searching for a matching pair of wicking socks, a clean sports bra, or your headphones. Also charge any gear you might need, like your iPod.

    • 2. Be sure to hit the hay early so you're well rested, and set your alarm to wake up to your favorite peppy song. Lately I've been rousing from my slumber hearing Rihanna singing "Where have You Been." I'm practically dancing out of bed. If you tend to hit the snooze button way too many times, try putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room.
    • 3. Make a date with a friend or fitness trainer. If you set
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